Popularized by Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash, the nam-shub of Enki appeared authentic enough to me to warrant investigation into its Sumerian origins.

Well, it's a translation/transformation of the "Spell of Enki" taken from the epic tale "Enmerkar and the Land of Aratta" which you probably should not read unless you really like Sumerian mythology.

The nam-shub of Enki is the me which caused the Babel event.

The whole universe, the people well cared for, To Enlil in one tongue gave speech.
Then the lord defiant, the prince defiant, the king defiant,
Enki, the lord of abundance, whose commands are trustworthy, The lord of wisdom, who scans the land,
The leader of the gods, The lord of Eridu, endowed with wisdom,
Changed the speech in their mouths, put contention into it, Into the speech of man that had been one.

The Nam-shub of Enki

Once upon a time, there was no snake, there was no scorpion,
There was no hyena, there was no lion,
There was no wild dog, no wolf,
There was no fear, no terror,
Man had no rival.

In those days, the land Shubur-Hamazi,
Harmony-tongued Sumer, the great land of the me of princeship,
Uri, the land having all that is appropriate,
The land Martu, resting in security,
The whole universe, the people well cared for,
To Enlil in one tongue gave speech.

Then the lord defiant, the prince defiant, the king defiant,
Enki, the lord of abundance, whose commands are trustworthy,
The lord of wisdom, who scans the land,
The leader of the gods,
The lord of Eridu, endowed with wisdom,
Changed the speech in their mouths, put contention into it,
Into the speech of man that had been one.

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